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Iraq / Bush Speech / Election / Shiites vs. Sunnis #812623

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The US death toll & President Bush’s estimate of the number of Iraqi dead cited.

(White House: John Roberts) Bush's new campaign of openness about Iraq in the final days before the election there and continuing calls for US troop withdrawal reviewed; details given of Bush’s insistence on linking Iraq to the September 11 attacks. [Before the World Affairs Council, BUSH - says about 30,000 Iraqi citizens have died; says 2005 will be recorded as a turning point in the history of Iraq & the Middle East; states removing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein makes this world a better place.] [Representative John MURTHA†- says this is not a military solution any longer.] Today’s speech being the first time Bush has made an estimate of Iraqi dead discussed.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The start of voting in Iraq noted.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) The influence of religion in the Iraqi elections featured; scenes shown of a Shiite rally overseen by Iraqi soldiers & militia and of the voting in hospitals, prisons & army bases; details given about the friction between Shiite & Sunni Muslims; Al Jazeera video shown of a Baghdad detention center packed with mostly Sunni prisoners, prompting another investigation of abuse. [Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-HAKIM†† {thru translator} – says US forces need to give Iraqi forces a chance to move on the insurgents; denies that Shiite death squads are targeting Sunnis.] The outlook for violence at the polling stations and the view of Iraq’s elections in the Middle East discussed.

Schieffer, Bob;
Roberts, John;
Logan, Lara

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